Night Of Thunder emerged as another potential Classic prospect for champion trainer-elect Richard Hannon with an impressive performance in the Scott Dobson Memorial Doncaster Stakes at the Town Moor course.
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The testing autumn conditions failed to hide the colt's undoubted ability as he took this Listed contest in his stride, only 13 days after making a successful debut.
Held up just behind a steady pace set by Rufford, the 6/4 favourite quickened in some style to lead under Richard Hughes and pull away to win by three lengths from Aeolus.
"That was very impressive. On that performance he could be a Guineas horse," said the champion jockey.
"It looked like top of the ground being on him because of the way he travelled through the race, and the way he quickened on it was unbelievable. I'm the wrong jockey to be asking about the ground after he gave me a feel like that.
"When a horse travels so well in a race and behaves so well like he did they have to be good."
Bookmakers introduced him into their betting for the 2000 Guineas with quotes between 33/1 and 20/1 and Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said: "You couldn't fail to be impressed with the way he picked up and went away from his field. He promises to stay further and could be the first of a few future Classic contenders we see here at Doncaster today."